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Re: Assistive TEchnology levels?

From: Charles McCathieNevile <charles@w3.org>
Date: Mon, 26 Nov 2001 06:37:45 -0500 (EST)
To: Gregg Vanderheiden <GV@TRACE.WISC.EDU>
cc: "GLWAI Guidelines WG (GL - WAI Guidelines WG)" <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.30.0111260632510.26428-100000@tux.w3.org>
I am not sure that using tools is a defining characteristic. But I think that
if we are looking for a price barrier we should set it at zero. There are a
lot of open-source solutions available, which rival commercial offerings.
What money is worth is extremely varied - in the US $300 may only buy an hour
or two of someone's time, but a person with the same knowledge and support
will be available for less than $300 a month in another country.

I agree that there is an issue of what is available in a default


On Sun, 11 Nov 2001, Gregg Vanderheiden wrote:

  In looking at the topic of AT it occurs to me that we might have
  different levels of AT and ability to use technology

  Perhaps we have three levels
  1 - the ability to Access using any existing tools
  2 - the ability to Access using standard browsers and moderately priced
  AT.  (less than $300 ??)
  3 - the ability to Access using browsers and AT in their default

  (this last one is added since most people don’t know how to custom
  configure their software)


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